POSTED ON 01ST APR 2014
On Friday 7th and Saturday 8th March 2014, I was part of the University of Hertfordshire's Student Union Drama Society showcase. The performance, the title of which was "Title in Progress" as directed by Ciaran Connors, was a showcase of multiple forms of entertainment ranging from comedy to acting, and even singing. All were focused around the theme of a writer struggling to produce anything substantial.
For the winter Drama Society production of Snow White, I was a stage hand; one of the masters of the darkness moving swiftly through the night ensuring props and set pieces are delivered to where they need to be.
This time however, I was actually on stage... with the lights up! We were closing the first act as the musical group. I know, an I.T guy singing. I'm not that bad, I promise. 'The Truth Behind the Score', written by Vicky Linter, focused on the dramas that you don't see. It's about what happens behind the scenes of a theatre production; relationships, breakups and even attempted suicides. Across the musical there were five songs in total where I performed in a couple of duets, group songs and even some solo parts, where I had to hold notes for a very, very long time. I think I pulled it off!
In the second act, I played a small part as Neville Longbottom in a Harry Potter sketch where I spoke two lines and killed Nagini, Voldemort's snake.
During the first night of the show, the lights went down and the cast of act 1 were already behind the set pieces, eagerly and nervously awaiting their scenes. For the first night there was a small crowd of about 10 or 12 people. This was welcome as I was feeling quite nervous, which could have been because it was my first time on stage or perhaps it was because I could easily see each audience member individually. The acts before us performed well and the writer, played by Matty Blackmore, excellently tied the pieces together.
For the second night there was a much larger audience, mostly due to cast member's parents attending. Even though I originally thought this would make me more nervous, it was actually better. It could have been because it was the second night or perhaps because instead of seeing individuals, the audience was more a large faceless mob. I was more calm and feel I performed better.
[Image: Splinter Photographic.]
All in all, despite it being a nerve racking experience, I enjoyed it. I applied for the part so that I could improve my public speaking skills and have more confidence in life, and I think I achieved that! I'd recommend joining a drama society as you meet so many wonderful people, you gain great skills and most importantly, it builds your confidence.
As always, thank you for reading!